Posts Tagged ‘Theodore McCarrick’

Lay advisors want Vatican to release McCarrick files Comments 0

Thursday, June 13th, 2019

Lay advisers to the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) want the Holy See to be more open about former archbishop Theodore McCarrick. They want the USCCB to ask for all the relevant documents and the results of diocesan and archdiocesan investigations about McCarrick to be released. Both the National Advisory Council to the US Read more

Ex-Vatican envoy in hiding calls Pope Francis a blatant liar Comments 0

Thursday, June 13th, 2019

Dissident retired archbishop Carlo Vigano has accused Pope Francis of “blatantly lying” in saying he had no knowledge of sexual abuse allegations against ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick. In a series of emails from an undisclosed location, Vigano told the Washington Post that Francis and Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI must come clean about what they knew of McCarrick’s Read more

Former Cardinal McCarrick faces laicisation. What does it mean? Comments 0

Thursday, February 14th, 2019
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Archbishop Theodore McCarrick, the former archbishop of Washington who last summer was removed from public ministry and who then resigned from the College of Cardinals, could also be dismissed from the clerical state, one of the highest forms of punishment issued to priests. Also known as laicisation and sometimes referred to colloquially as defrocking, a Read more

US confidence in Pope down by two-to-one Comments 0

Thursday, October 4th, 2018

US Catholics’ confidence in Pope Francis’s ability to handle the sex abuse crisis besetting the Church is down by a two-to-one margin, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. The survey results released this week show: 30% of American Catholic adults say Francis is doing an “excellent” or a “good” job addressing the issue Read more

Pressing for answers: Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò wants papal response Comments 0

Monday, October 1st, 2018

Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò has written a second letter to the Vatican about former US cardinal Theodore McCarrick. This one condemns the Vatican for not responding to his first letter of 22 August. In that, he claimed Pope Francis and other senior Church leaders covered up allegations of McCarrick’s abusive behaviour, and that Francis not only Read more

Women should help train priests says Bishops head Comments 0

Thursday, September 20th, 2018

Canadian cardinal Marc Ouellet says women should assess seminarians’ suitability for the priesthood and help with their training. This would help prevent future sex abuse, says Ouellet the prefect of the Congregation for Bishops. He also thinks bishops should also be chosen more carefully. “We are facing a crisis in the life of the church… Read more

Benedict XVI does not confirm Viganò’s claims Comments 0

Thursday, August 30th, 2018

Reports that Benedict XVI confirmed some of Archbishop Carlo Viganò’s claims about a cover-up of ex-cardinal Theodore McCarrick’s abuse of seminarians are “fake news.” Archbishop Georg Gänswein, who is the prefect of the papal household for Pope Francis, says Pope-emeritus Benedict “has not commented” on an 11-page letter from Viganò, which was released by the Read more

The Catholic Church needs a way to deal with bad bishops Comments 0

Thursday, August 2nd, 2018
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As the sexual abuse scandal surrounding Cardinal Theodore McCarrick continued to spread in the past week. Cardinal Sean O’Malley, who heads the Catholic Church’s Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, acknowledged on Monday (July 23) that “a major gap still exists in the church’s policies on sexual conduct and sexual abuse.” O’Malley, who is Read more